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“Bong Hits 4 Jesus” And Free Speech In The USA

by | 25th, June 2007

Jesus wept:

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of a school that suspended a student for brandishing a banner proclaiming “Bong Hits 4 Jesus,” in one of the more bizarre recent free-speech cases.

The high-school pupil, Joseph Frederick, had argued that the school principal had infringed his constitutional right to free speech by suspending him in January 2002 over his apparently pro-cannabis message.

But in a five-three decision, the Supreme Court found that schools “may take steps to safeguard those entrusted to their care from speech that can reasonably be regarded as encouraging illegal drug use.”

“We conclude that the school officials in this case did not violate the First Amendment by confiscating the pro-drug banner and suspending the student responsible for it,” the ruling written by chief justice John Roberts said.

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Posted: 25th, June 2007 | In: Reviews Comment | TrackBack | Permalink